Dulce de Leche (in the Instant Pot)

Dulce de Leche (in the Instant Pot)

Dulce de leche is sweetened caramelized milk that is thick and creamy and impossible to resist. I recently made caramel using sweetened condensed milk cooked with butter and more sugar in a saucepan in my Billionaire Krispy Treats. The caramel sauce was delicious but I was curious if my favorite kitchen appliance (Instant Pot) could compete. And it did with very little effort.

As an experiment, I made two batches one cooked for 30 minutes (the jar on the left in the picture above) and another cooked for 45 minutes (the jar on the right in the picture above). The extra 15 minutes resulted in a deeper and thicker sauce. Both were a dream to eat! Now I had to decide how I was going to use two jars of dulce de leche.

It didn’t take me long to determine that brownie bites were in our future. I grabbed my favorite brownie mix and mini muffin pan and whipped up a batch. I allowed the brownies to cool for 5 minutes before I took the back of a spoon (or any small rounded object) to create a small crater in the center of each brownie bite. Please note that you want the brownies to be warm when you create the small craters. Transfer the brownie bites to a cooling rack once they are cool enough to handle. I filled each crater with the dulce de leche and then sprinkled them with toasted coconut. Oh goodness they were very difficult to resist.

Dulce de Leche Brownie Bites with toasted coconut


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 (8 ounce) canning jars with lid and ring
  • Water


  1. Divide the sweetened condensed milk equally into the 2 8-ounce canning jars. Tightly close jars with lids and rings.
  2. Place the stainless steel steam rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot (you don’t want the jars to touch the bottom or sides of the Instant Pot).
  3. Place the two filled jars on the rack.
  4. Pour enough water into the Instant Pot so that the water reaches half way up the side of the jars.
  5. Cover and lock the lid.
  6. Select “Manual” mode and press the “-” button until it reads 30 minutes (or 45 minutes for a darker and thicker dulce de leche). Also make sure to set the top knob to “Sealing” and not “Venting”.
  7. When the timer beeps turn off the Instant Pot and let the pressure naturally release (wait at least 15 minutes before you release any remaining pressure).
  8. Using oven mitts carefully remove the jars from the Instant Pot and let cool on the counter for at least 15 minutes before you open.
  9. Make sure to stir thoroughly to smooth out the dulce de leche.
  10. Leftover dulce de leche will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks (if it lasts that long).

Adapted from Pressure Cooking Today

Dulce de Leche Brownie Bites

Other serving suggestions: stir a spoonful in your morning coffee, drizzle on ice cream, make a cookie sandwich with a dulce de leche as the filling, drizzle over grilled fruit (pineapple would be extra amazing), or eat by the spoonful. Everything tastes better with a drizzle or spoonful of dulce de leche.

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18 thoughts on “Dulce de Leche (in the Instant Pot)

  1. Amanda | Yum In Your Tum says:

    Looks delicious! I would have never thought to make dulce de leche in the instant pot. Very interesting, and looks easy. Which is awesome! Thanks for sharing this, I actually just bought my very first instant pot so I will have to give this a try. 🙂

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Missy! That’s a great question. I would hesitate to use the glass peanut butter jar. The peanut butter jar may not be resistant to temperature extremes which may result in a broken jar. Mason canning jars are best because these jars have been specially tempered to withstand heat. Thanks for your question! Tanya

  2. Javi says:

    Hi! I would like to try this without moving the dulce de leche to a jar. Did you do that step only for experimenting with different times or was there a safety reason for avoiding the can? Thanks in advance.

    • Tanya says:

      Hi Javi! You can make this without the mason jars. I knew I wasn’t going to contents of the entire can so pouring them into separate containers made sense for me. If you decide to use the original metal container, make sure remove the paper label, ensure the can isn’t damaged, and completely cool the can before opening. Hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend. Tanya

  3. tropicalsenior says:

    Want to know how to use up all that dulce de leche? Many years ago when I was newly married, I lived next door to a couple who had a huge walnut orchard and she brought me a Christmas present. Two cans of condensed milk, two packages of marshmallows, two big bags of unshelled walnuts, and a recipe. It said to boil the two unopened cans of milk covered in water, open them and keep them warm in a bowl, roll the marshmallows in it, and then roll them in the chopped walnuts. They were wonderful! I have made them ever since and sometimes I roll them in toasted coconut. If I can get them, I use the colored marshmallows. I have been told, that if you make them on the fifth Sunday of the month they don’t have any calories.

    • Tanya says:

      Oh my goodness that sounds so delicious! This would make a wonderful treat during the holidays. Thank you for sharing and giving us your diet tip!! 🙂 Have a wonderful day. Tanya

  4. Cherilyn says:

    I’m making Dulce De Leche for gifts this holiday. If I made it in mason jars, do you think it would be ok not to be refrigerated if they’re not opened?

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